Monday, April 16, 2007

Everybody Wants My Bikes

In the last 72 hours, I have received two e-mails from people wanting to buy my bikes.

A collector in Tennessee is interested in my Mongoose BMX bike. I'm actually a bit torn about this. On the one hand, it's nice to still have the bike I enjoyed so much as a kid. And although he didn't make a dollar offer, it probably wouldn't be enticing enough to make a difference in my life -- the Mongoose isn't the equivalent of a T206 Honus Wagner baseball card. On the other hand, it doesn't fit me anymore so I can't ride it, so why keep it? Plus this guy wants to restore it, so it would be going to a good home and getting a new life. If I keep the bike, it will just end up in an estate sale after I die. (This leads to depressing thoughts about how, since I do not intend to have children, everything I own will likely come to the same fate, which makes me wonder why I bother keeping anything -- although from a different perspective, that realization could be extremely liberating.)

The other offer was for my Cannondale H300 hybrid bike. I don't ride the hybrid much anymore, but I keep thinking it's a nice city bike that I should use more often. And like the Mongoose, it isn't valuable enough to be worth selling, especially since the buyer explicitly mentioned wanting to save money. So for now I'll keep that one, too.

If I could sell one bike, it would be my Bike Friday New World Tourist. It's a great bike, but it was a mistake for me to order it with H-bars instead of drop ("10-speed") handlebars. Alas, converting it would be too expensive. It's six years old but with low miles -- less than 2,000, I think. Anyone interested?

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